Warren Buffett-backed Chinese carmaker BYD Co Ltd has recently moved to announce it has decided to hire more local employees to work at its new electric bus factory in California, in a response to critics that claimed it violated labor rules in the United States.
BYD announced in a statement it has temporarily loaned some Chinese engineers and experts to transfer the maker’s internally-developed technology to local employees at its Los Angeles factory and will not be displacing in return any American workers.
BYD plans to hire more local workers as bus production is set to start soon, it added. BYD currently has about 40 local workers at the assembly facility in California.
Advocacy group Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy said that the carmaker had failed to pay workers the required minimum wage and accused it of some other violations as well. The company was fined $100,000 after California authorities investigated the charges, according to a recent New York Times report.
BYD is now stepping up its plans to begin selling electric vehicles overseas, including the US. It has signed several contracts this year, including one to supply the American cities of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and to Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport.